Early Christianity and the LDS Church

Wow. Sounds like I’m kicking up the intellectual quality of my posts, doesn’t it?

Sorry to disappoint you — I’m in the middle of spring planting and cleaning around my home, and almost missed posting anything this week!  In fact, I will be going to bed without checking social media, and I may even ignore my email.  If you know me, you will know exactly how tired I must be!

This blog entry is motivated by the way  a Facebook friend responded to a post I added to my timeline.  The post was in favor of the foundation of LDS political views, but I don’t think she read that far. I think she saw the title to the post and responded, “I’m sorry, but ya’ll are just wrong.”

Today’s resource list comes from the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research. If I have my information correct, this is a volunteer organization — the people who are responding to questions, writing the blogs, and updating the wiki receive no pay for what they are doing.  Most of these are experts in the fields to which they respond. None speak in behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Of course, that makes the reading a little dry. It reminds me a bit of some of my early college textbooks. The content, however, is very fascinating. There seems to be quite a bit of evidence that, if one starts digging into pre-Nicene counsel Christian beliefs, the LDS church might just be what it claims to be — a restoration of the truth as it was once taught in purity. (Not that we claim to have everything exactly right — but the idea of continuing revelation should probably be saved for another post.)

So, if you are up for some heavy mental reading, enjoy these articles and wiki entries:

Ancient Anti-Christianity and Modern Anti-Mormonism

Mormonism and the nature of God/Trinity/Nicene creed

Mormonism in the Early Jewish Christian Milieu

Doctrinal Trends in Early Christianity

Jesus Christ/Atonement/The garden and the cross

The Doctrine of God and the Nature of Man

Descriptions of Ancient Documents and Writers